gave Pat Buchanan an award, ostensibly because he saved the life of a
turtle. In actuality, they are using him and his compassion for
animals to promote their sick and twisted agenda. Publicly, animal
rights leaders disguise their agenda, distracting misguided animal
lovers from their true goals. Would Pat Buchanan be proud of
receiving an award from PETA if he knew their true goals? One
has to know what PETA and the Animal Rights movement are in order to
understand how they are using Mr. Buchanan for their political gain.
First, how do animal rightists feel about animals, human and nonhuman?
Peter Singer, the “father” of the animal rights movement, wrote in the
preface of his book, “Animal Liberation” (the bible of the movement),
“We (he and his wife) were not especially ‘interested in’ animals.
Neither of us had ever been inordinately fond of dogs, cats, or horses
in the way that many people are. We didn’t ‘love’ animals.”
He also said, “Torturing a human being is almost always wrong, but it
is not absolutely wrong.”
Their crusade is one
of a fight for rights for animals. But if you stop and think
about affording rights to animals, the concept is ludicrous.
“Rights” is a concept, and man is the only species on earth with the
intellect to grasp concepts. The most important concepts people
think about concern morality and ethics, questions of “right and
wrong.” Man’s unique ability to ask ethical questions and make
moral choices (rather than be ruled by instinct) makes us moral
Rights are the boundaries between moral agents. In order to
possess rights, we must accept responsibilities to respect others’
rights. We are justified in demanding our rights so long as we
do not violate the rights of another moral agent.
Because animals act instinctively, they cannot even conceive of
responsibilities. When a cat kills a canary, you and I may be
upset, but we also understand that the nature of cats is to kill
birds. We recognize that the cat has committed no moral
violation. The same is true even when a lion or a chimpanzee
kills another member of its own species. We
understand that nature has endowed animals with certain features that
sometimes seem cruel. But, quite properly, we do not judge
animals on a moral scale.
On the other hand, a person who torments a cat to death the way a cat
might torment a mouse deserves our moral condemnation – not because
cats have rights, but because people have responsibilities.
Likewise, we insist it is wrong for people to burn books, deface a
masterpiece, or desecrate a church – not because these things have
rights, but because people have responsibilities.
Rights are a serious business. They are the linchpin of a free
society. Without them, people would not be able to go about
their business free from arbitrary interference by government.
Rights offer a people freedom to convince others of different points
of view without having to resort to violence and the resulting
breakdown of civilization.
The animal rights movement would allow people no more rights than rats
or cockroaches. The real agenda of this movement is not to give
rights to animals but to take rights from people – to dictate our
food, clothing, work, recreation, and whether we will discover new
medications or die.
Even if the use of animals in biomedical research were to produce a
cure for AIDS, says PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk, “we’d be against it.”
The reason? Mankind has “grown like a cancer. We’re the biggest
problem on the face of the Earth.” But most disturbing of all
was her quote, “Six million people died in concentration camps, but
six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.
”The inevitable consequences of her ideology were revealed by Hermann
Goering, who was head of the German Humane Society and Environmental
Minister for the Third Reich. In a radio broadcast he announced
“an absolute and permanent ban on vivisection.” For violation of
his ban, he said, any “culprit shall be lodged in a concentration
camp.” By pretending to extend rights to animals, which by nature are
incapable of moral cognition, the Nazis ultimately annihilated the
very concept of “rights.” And just as the dogma of animal rights led
destruction of human rights under Nazism, it leads to the destruction
of human rights today.
So if animals cannot even conceive of rights or responsibilities, and
the animal rights movement and PETA realize this, then what is their
I think the warped motivation behind this warped ideology is best
expressed by Newkirk herself: “I am not a morose person, but I would
rather not be here. I don’t have any reverence for life, only
for the entities themselves. I would rather see a blank space
where I am. This will sound like fruitcake stuff again, but at
least I wouldn’t be harming anything.”
If you don’t have the answer yet to what animal rightists want, how
about this quote from Michael W. Fox of the Humane Society, “Man is
the most dangerous, destructive, selfish, and unethical animal on
earth.” Enough? Do you get their anti-human message?
Or do you need one more quote from Wild Earth, “If you haven’t given
voluntary human extinction much thought before, the idea of a world
with no people in it may seem strange. But, if you give it a
chance, I think you might agree that the extinction of Homo sapiens
would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling
species. . . Phasing out the human race will solve every problem
on earth, social and environmental.”
Yes, they are using a fight for rights for animals to attack the human
race. Can anyone in their right mind believe in this? Pat
Buchanan has always stood for the right of the individual. His
voice is strong and powerful for the forces of freedom. For PETA
to usurp it for its own warped agenda is a tragedy for reason and a
victory for the dark side.
is the Vice President of the American Policy Center, founder of
Putting People First, and author of the bestselling book, Animal
Scam, The Beastly Abuse of Human Rights.
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